Getting a flying mount at 60 is like getting a cheat code.
Stretch your mind back before patch 3.2, back to your incursions in Outland.
If you were lucky if you arrived in Outland with an Epic land mount. If you weren’t so lucky, one of the most efficient ways of crossing a zone was ghost running.
Even with the epic land mount it was preparation for Naxx’s Frogger.
Dodge left, dodge right, outrun the aggro.
Exploring a zone completely at the appropriate level either required anal explorer skill at Artisan rank, or maybe a quest-completionist-dysfunction.
On the Wings of XP
The 1st thing I noticed when I got my flying mount was all the zone discovery XP.
Now I think about it, I really should stop questing and just explore Outland for a level or two.
I hit more discovered zones than mobs for a while there.
Why kill-kill-kill-mana, when you can just fly by, or drop in?
Just passing by, saw your light on, thought I’d drop in
That’s where the real cheat code comes in. I reach Zangarmarsh and 1st quest I receive is to kill 30 mobs and their boss.
The boss is at the top of a tower.
A tower surrounded by mobs and water.
Death and a slow movement rate (pre “swimming” mounts at least.) await me.
Gnomeaggedon hated the quest. Kill 2 mobs, sit for mana, get interrupted my a pat. Once I got to the tower I had to kill the mobs at each level, mana up and move before the pat descended the ramp.
50% mana, 50% health and here comes the boss! The boss goes goes down against the odds, but now I have to grind back out through the mobs.
Enter the cheat code…
Fly over the heads of the patrolling mobs.
Laugh manically at their ignorance of the incoming assassin.
Alight on the top floor. 100% mana, 100 % health. Boss dies and I have the choice…
Fly out the window again, or casually stroll down the ramp picking the mobs off?
Stealing through the Circle of Steel
I have now done the same thing with a few of these quest mini bosses. Group 2 or 3 quest.
Pffft! Only if I grind their honor guard 1st.
No, I will hover overhead until their circle of steel is looking the wrong way. Dismount, drop in, kill, mount and fly away.
Who needs stealth when you have wings?
Martin’s Fury was innocence in comparison
If I think it’s cheating, it is cheating. Why don’t I play the game the way the developers intended?
Well, I guess you could say I am an opportunist. I didn’t set out to cheat or subvert game mechanics.
But just like Martin’s Fury the Devs put the tools in my hands, or mailbox.
If the vendors sell them, they must be legitimate… Right?
Wallowing in the Muck of my own guilt
I do feel kind of dirty, but I have a water aversion allergy… I don’t want to come clean once I am wallowing in the muck!
You should try it…
Go on, get your hands dirty…
We all love a dirty filthy cheater…
Well, I do when it’s me!
Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout!
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